Cary >Arts & Entertainment > Ciao Cafe & Wine Bar
201 W Chatham St Ste 100, Cary, NC | Directions 2751135.786981 -78.783952
Hello Ciao!!! – This is a gem of a place for people who are looking for a casual, easy going atmosphere with excellent food. Some of the people who reported bad service may have been in a hurry because I have never received anything but good service. I am now a regular, and along with all the other regulars, we got that way because it was consistently a great place to hang out. Perhaps it is the wonderful European approach to dining that causes problems for traditional "hurry-up Americans". We could use a lot more places like this!!!
Unpleasant experience – The owner was very friendly when Ciao first opened and seemed happy to serve me and my friends. I took friends and hoped to help make this little gem successful. I took my brother and sister-in-law last weekend and the owner was quite rude and made us feel like we had done something wrong by walking through the restaurant to the tables outside. I was so disappointed in this reception. It doesn't matter how good the food is if the owner is rude. I won't be back.
Italian Corner in Cary – This light and airy fare is quite delicious, and at the same time fresh and intricate. The Appetiziers are varied, and all the panini's are excellent. Be wary of the Picadilly's-the shrimp, capers and red onions is the only one I recommend. The Mushroom, celery and Artichoke heart picadilly was less to be desired-the artichoke hearts were chewy and the celery was flat.
The owner is usually always on hand, as one of the main wait staff. though he can become sidetracked at times, the service is decent.
If you're sitting outside, the closer to the far wall you can sit the better. The traffic on Chatham can be quite intrusive into your conversations if you sit at either end of the open air seating.
Loving it less but still love it – My friends and I found Ciao Cafe before everyone else did and we loved it. It was full but not crowded. Pierro was attentive and charming. Now, I guess we count as "regulars" and get good service and attention when we go, but it's not the same as before. I think he just got too popular too fast and can't accomodate the crowds. It's a fantastic place and I hope a few less people start to go, so we can all enjoy it as it was.
Cary goes Euro!! – I have to comment on some previous poor reviews of Ciao. This is a wine bar, similar to a quaint cafe, not a full service restaurant. My first experience was great. The owner was extremely cordial and entertaining with a sense of humor not often seen in Cary. My party enjoyed his company and was shocked upon receiving our bill - the prices are the most reasonable in the area!! This place is such a breath of fresh "European" air!!
Ciao brings some of Europe to Cary – I have read the other reviews and cannot believe it! I've been there twice and have had a GREAT time - this warm "FRIENDLY" little place reminds me of those cute cafes you find around Europe. I wouldn't say we are regulars, but yet were well taken care of. The owner likes to have fun while he works, and as the night moves on the music does get turned up and the fun begins - ladies rarely leave there without a hug or kiss from him. Cary finally has a great place to go after dinner to hang out as an adult! I LOVE CIAO CAFE!!!!!
maybe good for friends of the restaurant – Do not go the Ciao if you expect to be treated as if you are welcome...well, unless you are a friend of the restaurant's owner or staff. If it is your first visit, you will be mostly ignored and spend considerable time waiting for someone to acknowledge you and take the time to let you order. This is a very cute restaurant and if it were more customer friendly could be a great spot to go. I was suprised at the lack of attention to first time customers and found this to be case for other diners as well as us.
What a terrible experience! – I went to Ciao with 2 other women after reading the glowing articles in the Cary News and The N&O and wow was that a mistake. The owner was our server, but could not really be bothered to take care of our table of 3. There was a large table next to us that was of much more interest to him, as were the antics of his busing staff. It took an extremely long time to order and then receive food. We almost left without paying because we could not catch anyone's attention to even get the check. Obviously, the claims of great service and attention were overstated. I will NEVER go to this restaurant again. You must need to be a "regular" to get service because the owner did seem to know the people he attended to. This was a long, insulting and terrible restaurant experience.
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